Odisha Police EOW detains CA over ‘fraud’ loan application case
The economic crime wing (EOW) of Odisha Police arrested a chartered accountant in connection with an online loan scam allegedly run by Chinese fraudsters. Based on a complaint, the EOW caught Neerav Guptaa.k.a ramana resident of Gurgaon in the Paschim Vihar district of Delhi on July 30 and convicted him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Computers Act 2000.
He was brought to Odisha in provisional transit on Tuesday after being produced before Court of Tis Hazari in New Delhi.
Gupta was found while an investigator was investigating an allegation of harassment and extortion by debt collectors of a digital loan application’Gold Credit‘ who allegedly sent abusive messages and altered photographs, EOW said in a statement.
After downloading the loan application, he received 9,000 rupees as an instant loan, but only after four days did he receive WhatsApp messages and calls asking him to repay 15,627 rupees, he said.
He then received several calls and messages from different cell phone numbers, which were traced to a company, including the manager, Nitin Malikwas arrested and is currently in jail.
Based on Malik’s interrogation, Gupta was caught.
“Gupta opened several front companies for use by Chinese nationals to facilitate cash transactions related to digital lending apps. In return, he received huge sums of money in the form of commission from the Chinese through Malik,” said EOW.
Gupta also opened one-person companies for use by the Chinese to trick people.
“The defendant, Neerav Gupta, had received Rs 30 lakh from the Chinese for the operations which included not only the registration of shell companies but also the organization of the directors of these companies at a nominal salary. It is suspected that at least 10 of these companies were created upwards,” the statement said.
The EOW said the “Kredit Gold” app alone has been downloaded over a million times.
He said there could be thousands of people duped across the country, including Odisha, if the 10 nominations were taken into account.
The EOW statement said a laptop computer, two cell phones, 11 shell company seals, five digital signature certificate tokens and four shell company checkbooks were among the incriminating documents seized from Gupta’s possession, according to the EOW press release.
“The accused worked for Chinese nationals and had regular contact with them. He is also wanted by different law enforcement agencies across India,” he added.
The EOW urged people not to take out loans from unregistered or illegal loan applications that can hack into customers’ mobile phones under the guise of advancing loans and later use them to perpetrate other financial crimes. .